200 Yoga Teacher Training w/Heather, Madia & Sara begins January 25th 2019!

4 Reasons to take our Teacher Training Program:

  1. Learn from 3 seasoned Yoga Teachers with a combined experience of over 60 years of teaching!
  2. Our teachers each bring a different "flavor" to the program.  This allows the student to learn in different ways, styles and methods to ensure proper learning.
  3. You learn not only how to teach yoga, but the history of yoga, how to assist a yoga class, pranayama, meditation and so much more!
  4. Our Yoga Teacher Training Program isn't just for those who want to teach!  If you're interested in deepening your knowledge of yoga and your own personal practice this trining os for you!

January 25-27
February 22-24
March 22-24
April 26-28
May 17-19
June 21-23
July 12-14
August 16-18
September 20-22

Fridays: 5:45-9pm//Saturdays 10am-6pm//Sundays 11am-7pm

Sample of our curriculum:

  • Self Care
  • Yoga Philosophy (History of yoga, living the 8 limbs, Bagavhad Gita)
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology
  • Meditation
  • Teaching Methodology (Power, Vinyasa, Integrative, Yin & Restorative)
  • Asana
  • Sequencing 
  • Assisting
  • Chakras
  • Yoga as Medicine
  • Pranayama
  • Business of Yoga


  • Cost: $2800 
  • $250 Non-Refundable Deposit Required 
  • $150 student discount with proper ID
  • FREE Yoga for the duration of the TT at SSY (1/25/19-9/22/19)
  • Tuition does NOT include required materials
  • There are NO refunds once training has started
  • Payment plans available, please contact sara@southernsoulyoga.com for more information

Pre-requiste: 6 months of a regular yoga practice before training begins

What our graduates think of our program:

"The 3 of you changed my life. Madia gave me an awareness of my judgment, negative and positive thoughts that help me try and live the Yamas and Niyamas teachings. Heather forever changed me when she gave me non-attachment to a story, mine or others, awareness of my awareness to the outside and inside world, breath and let go. I am a self-thought, non studio yoga practitioner,and Sara gave me an understanding of the poses, proper alignment, showed me how to help others in their practice that changed MY yoga forever. Overall I am not the same person that walked in February thanks to your time, your dedication, and your passion." Gabby 2018



Presented as a collaboration between Chattanooga Yoga School and Southern Soul Yoga.  

The five core principles inherent in the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training include: integrityawarenesscompassionstudy of self and study of historical wisdom.

This Yoga Teacher Training is led by experienced yoga teachers: Madia Swicord, Sara Mingus and Heather Dendy who will prepare you to enter a studio classroom with confidence and compassion.  You will be prepared to go into the community with these skills and self-knowledge.

Our curriculum is primarily designed to offer participants a broad education & platform that can lead to opportunities as a yoga instructor, private practitioner or mind/body professional.

We enthusiastically encourage any practicing yogis to attend this training to explore the depths of yoga from Asana to Pranayama to Svadhaya.  If you do not plan to teach, this training will likely shift and transform your practice and life in ways that will challenge and delight you.

If your passion is to teach AND deepen your practice, we will offer a dimensional curriculum and help guide you on your personal yogic path of self-discovery. Some topics include: study of Ayurveda, yoga as medicine, modern yogic lifestyle and business of yoga, Yoga Psychology, Philosophy, and study of the Body/Mind relationship.   

This is an Integrative Yoga Teacher Training ~ different modalities and styles are introduced and practice
 Our goal is to offer an experience that exceeds our students’ expectations. We are proud to bring you an integrative curriculum that surpasses the standards for Yoga Alliance Registration.



Chattanooga Yoga School Teacher Training is proudly registered with Yoga Alliance.

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Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training begins January 2019!

How it works! Our 300 Hour Training allows you to complete the training in YOUR time. We allow to take modules as you can and complete this program in as short as 2 years or a long as five! Once you have completed 270 Hours of in-house training and your 30 Practicum Hours you will receive your 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.

Elective Modules (may vary)

  • Assisting 101 
  • Yoga Psychology: Study of the Chakras
  • Meditation and Advanced Asana 
  • Fascia & Anatomy Elective Modules (may vary)
  • Subtle Body: Vayus & Koshas
  • Pranayama and Advanced Asana
  • Embodied Philosophy: Yamas & Niyamas
  • Assisting 102
  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga for Pregnancy/Children's Yoga
  • Yoga as Medicine
  • Private Yoga
  • Yoga for Trauma Sensitive
  • Ayurveda and Yoga

Requirements for 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

  • A completed 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification from Southern Soul Yoga OR any Yoga Alliance certified yoga training school
  • $150 non-refundable Enrollment Fee with Application
  • 270 HOURS: Student must complete 270hrs of in-house Weekend Immersions or Workshops
  • 30 Practicum hours: Practicum Hours will be noted in each module.
  • Once all above requirements have been met in full, student will send in a $50 Completion Fee to officially graduate from the program and receive a 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification.

Dear Prospective Student,

Welcome to our school's Admission Center! Please use this form to apply for your admission to Chattanooga Yoga School. We need complete and detailed information about you, so make sure you fill out all fields. You will receive an email confirmation when we process your application.


Please complete the form below

Student's Name *
Student's Name
Phone *
Release and Waiver of Liability *
Please enter any promotional codes here.

Madia Swicord,  B.S., E-RYT 500, LMT
Chattanooga Yoga School Owner and Director

Co-owner, Lead Trainer of Bodha 200-Hour yoga teacher training

Madia loves exploring and encouraging the adventure of "the edge" of what awakens you.  Guiding you inward towards an intuitive, deep yoga flow that challenges your physical and mental stamina balanced with nurturing spacious openings of your body/mind is the essence of what can be felt in all her classes and her private body/mind sessions.

Madia Swicord is Licensed Massage Therapist and has an extensive background in helping people with physical and emotional pain relief. Her passion is to assist someone on their journey to self discovery and awakening to more energy and joy via a variety of ancient and modern mind/body techniques.  She has advanced training in Yoga Psychology and utilizes Hakomi Principles of “assisted self-study” that is threaded into her yoga classes and her private sessions.   She is dedicated to sharing timeless wisdom techniques for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing.   

Working alongside Doctors in the fields of psychiatry and psychology for the past 7 years to support and assist with patients on their path to healing through trauma has been an incredible honor.

 Madia has over 20 years of professional experience in this holistic field of mind-body healing.  

"Her understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement in combination with her skills as a caring therapist and teacher of Eastern disciplines has been highly effective.  This has increased my sense of wellness and ability to know and respond to my body" Dr. John Gwin

 “Madia is an experienced and compassionate yoga teacher and body worker who is intensely focused on healing bodies and minds with her refined knowledge of anatomy coupled with yoga psychology.  Madia's dedication to her craft is evident to anyone who has ever met her.”  Private client  

She is a Graduate in the Professional Training of Hakomi Mindfulness Experiential Therapy in Asheville, NC. Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy that can be experienced as "assisted self-study".

Learn more about Madia at Madia's Healing Arts.

"I love to incorporate and support a diversity of teaching tools to deepen your understanding of the powerful benefits of yoga.   I look to offer a strong, supportive container to explore your process of finding your unique expression"
Madia Swicord, CYS Director


Jess Ewart, E-RYT 200
200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer

Outside the usual credentials, Jess Ewart is an inspirational and radical visionary. She challenges her clients and students to let go of societal conventions/expectations so they can reclaim their time (our most precious commodity) and expand their spirit. Jess encourages all conscious beings to look beyond "belief" into the deep-seated “knowing” that can unlock unlimited freedom and infinite potential.

Jess is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Co-Founder of both the Aspen Yoga School (200RYS) and Chattanooga Yoga School (200RYS). She is a member of the Aspen Yoga Society and serves as Executive Director of the Aspen City of Wellbeing which is advised by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Jess was honored to be named one of the first Ahimsa Girls. 

When she's not traveling, writing, or teaching, you will find Jess playing her most honored role in life as a hands-on mom and wife in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley which is located high in the Rocky Mountains.

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Sue Reynolds, E-RYT 500
200-Hour and 300-Hour Trainer

Sue Reynolds began her study of yoga in 1972, and took her first training to instruct in 1975 with Swami Vishnudevananda (The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga) in the Shivananda tradition, and later continued further certification based on the Iyengar tradition. For the next several years Sue held some of the first yoga classes in and around Chattanooga until starting Chattanooga’s first yoga studio in 1999.  After fifteen years as a studio owner and full time teacher, she is now teaching a weekly class at The Center for Mindful Living, taking yoga classes from time to time, and enjoying being a grandmother. “ I credit yoga practice for bringing me to this stage in my life in good health and with a positive outlook.  It is gratifying to see the spread of yoga practice in our city, and so many people eager to learn.”


John Gwin, MD, guest faculty

John is a native Chattanoogan and is a graduate of the McCallie School.  He received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and earned his M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine.  He completed residency training in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.  He has held faculty positions at Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee and currently practices general surgery and surgical oncology in Chattanooga.  He also serves as the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Memorial Hospital.
He began his yoga practice two years ago with Madia Swicord and has experienced its transformative effects from a physical, mental and spiritual standpoint. He has served as faculty at the Chattanooga Yoga School and has taught sessions on the Science of Yoga and Yoga as Medicine to yoga teacher trainees.  Long interested in the combination of therapies to treat disease, he seeks to explore the scientific basis of yoga practice and the holistic integration of yoga with traditional medicine to enhance wellness.

Sara Mingus, E-RYT 200
200-Hour Trainer

Yoga allows us to connect through breath, music, sweat, and touch.  The connection yoga gives us to ourselves and those around us is what has kept me on my mat for the past 20 years. For the past 15 years I've led yogis through challenging, grounding, sweaty flows, allowing and encouraging the opportunity to get out of our heads and into our hearts. I've practiced and trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste and Jonny Kest, who have inspired me along my journey, which has included building a yoga studio and community. Now I enjoy time on and off my mat always teaching and inspiring my three-year-old son.